Ginger White Says Herman Cain Wasn't Her Only Financial Backer

Ginger WhiteI had a chance yesterday to talk to Leslie Bennetts from The Daily Beast, who spent the weekend interviewing Ginger White. Ginger, lest you forget, is the woman who claims to have had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, effectively ending his campaign for president.

Reading Bennetts' extensive interview with White, I can't help but pity the woman -- and wonder why on Earth she went public with so much embarrassing information about her personal life.

White's attorney says she was receiving money from Cain as recently as a week to 10 days before she went public with allegations of the affair. White also claims Cain wasn't the only high-powered businessman who's given her money.

What do you think of her tale?


Lending credence to Ginger White's claims is the fact that she says she's received no money for going public with the story of her affair -- this despite the fact that she's in dire straits financially. According to Bennetts, White even had trouble scraping up the gas money it took to get her to her attorney's office to meet for the interview.

Perhaps it's a testament to Leslie Bennett's interviewing skills, but White revealed a lot more about her life than she really needed to.

Regarding relationships she's had with men other than Herman Cain, she tells Leslie:

I remember a time when I was looking for a job, and I became separated from my first husband, John, and somebody said, "All you have to do is get in front of the owner of this company, and he will give you a job, because you’re pretty." And he did. The owner offered me a job, and by the end of the day, he asked me out and said, "I can help you with some extra money." So that’s what happened, for probably six months or so.

After reading the story, I was left with a sad and pathetic image of a single mom who has learned to live by her looks and rely on wealthy men to help her make ends meet. It's not exactly uncommon, but it is rare for someone to talk publicly about it. I'm certainly not condoning White's behavior, but much like panhandling, you have to feel for a person who's gotten to a point in their lives where they're trading their self-respect for spare change.

Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post had this take on Bennetts' story:

I’m not sure how those hardy few still defending Cain can say she’s lying about her relationship with him but telling the truth about other men in her life. And if she’s the hooker that the commenters on the Daily Beast story say she is, what does that make Cain?


Meanwhile, some CafeMom members say the fact that Ginger White's story was the tipping point that made Herman Cain "suspend" his campaign makes his version of the story seem even more suspect:

"[S]ince he did drop out," one CafeMom member wrote over the weekend, "I would be willing to bet the allegations were all true."

What do you think?


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